It’s been nearly two and half years since the Public Market announced the lease-signing of an 800 square foot food stall by Peruvian chef Carlos Altamirano slated to be called “Chicharron”. The bad news is that the plans for Chicharron have been apparently scrapped, the good news is that Altamirano will instead be expanding his concept to a 1,500 square foot Restaurant called Granja Eatery. In addition, one of the shipping container kiosks has been leased to Oui Oui Macaron which already operate a shop at the Serramonte Center mall in Daly City.
A lot has happened in our city since the Public Market announced their Food Hall renovation plans in 2013 and Public Market visitors have expressed restlessness as the stalls remain mostly vacant and announced additions have moved along at a snail’s pace. The Public Market has stuck to its vision of bringing in unique and local destinations and have kept the space active with the addition of several public art pieces as well as a living wall.
“Folks have been very excited about the changes.” noted CCRP’s Co-Founder Mark Stefan. “We’ve got people Instagramming everything from Ramen to Wazwan’s new colorful ceramic dishes to taking selfies by the new artwork. People are getting re-acquainted with this freshened up Public Market experience.”
The Michelin-honored chef/owner Altamirano boasts a stable of Peruvian inspired eating establishments including La Costanera in Half Moon Bay, Piqueo’s and Mochica in SF, Parada in Walnut Creek and the Sanguchon mobile food trucks. Granja, like his other establishments, will offer authentic Peruvian dishes but “layer in a street food element”. The casual atmosphere will feature an open kitchen and a bar serving wine, beer and sangria.
“Carlos’s expanded plans at Public Market signify not only an exciting milestone for the revitalized Food Hall” added Stefan. “But also resonate with our vision for this unique, chef-driven, local food destination – all in a place designed to make people feel comfortable and welcome.” Granja Eatery will provide another needed anchor to go along with the popular Hot Italian Pizza.
The announced Oui Oui macarons are known for their handcrafted, colorful and creative macarons, but also serve ice cream sandwiches and other confections. Oui Oui will be the first tenant to operate from one of Public Market’s 300 square foot shipping container kiosks which are installed within the Food Hall. Using a shipping container is an innovative approach that allows a tenant not requiring major food operations to easily set up and also aesthetically aligns with the industrial roots of the Public Market space.
This year has already seen the addition of Shiba Ramen and Koja Kitchen who opened earlier this year with Mayo & Mustard and We Sushi slated to open later this spring. Oui Oui Macaron is expected to open in July while Granja is anticipated to open in the fall. The announced New Seasons Market grocery store is slated for 2017 with further tenant announcements promised.